2 Plus 1?

Dear Short Answers: About 6 months ago, I started volunteering at the local animal shelter and go there 2 or 3 times a week to play with and walk the dogs.  They often need temporary foster homes especially if a dog needs medical care and a quieter environment to recover in.  I promised my husband [...]

It Could Happen

Dear Short Answers: My mother is moving into an assisted living facility and cannot take her two dogs with her.  She has asked me to take care of them but my husband refuses to let me do that. He’s not allergic to dogs or anything like that, he just doesn’t like pets.  I think that [...]

We Cry “Foul”

Dear Short Answers: I do a lot of traveling and like to take my dog with me.  My dog is a little too big to stow under the seat on airplanes so I got a “Service Dog” certificate that lets me keep him at my feet without having to put him in a pet carrier. [...]

When NOT Is Absolutely Good Enough

Dear Short Answers: Is it wrong not to go to visit a friend who is in the hospital? Hospitals make me very nervous and depressed. Can’t I just send a note or flowers? Don’t Want to Go Dear Don’t Want To: It is absolutely NOT necessary to go to the hospital. Some of us actually [...]

Gone to the Dogs

Dear Short Answers: I have two dogs that I love very much.  Now that summer is coming, I am getting invitations to visit people at their summer homes. I always ask if I can bring the dogs and if they say “no,” I decline and don’t go. It’s not a big deal to me But [...]


Dear Short Answers: Unfortunately, my dog Ricky recently died. Of course, I am terribly upset but I know that time will pass and I will feel better — and maybe even get a new puppy. My problem is that I try to put Ricky out of my mind but he is constantly there because “Ricky” [...]

A Biased Response

Dear Short Answers: I love dogs. I grew up with dogs. The time spent without a dog in my life is diminished because of it. Even bad dogs are better than no dogs. My girl friend says its not fair to get a dog because we both work. I want a dog. Bow Wow Dear [...]

Not Seasonal

Dear Short Answers: My dog is getting fat. Maybe it’s winter weight? Ron Dear Ron: The answer is less food, more exercise.  Just like for the rest of us. Like Unlike

Yackity Yack/Bow Wow

Dear Short Answers: We live in a neighborhood where there are 20 plus dogs who yip, yap, yelp and bark constantly. We get no peace trying to enjoy our deck and yard. The neighbors show no respect for taking their dogs in when they start barking. Some even leave for the day and leave the [...]

Doggie Don’ts

Dear Short Answers: I have a dog that is diabetic and on a very strict diet. Between special food and insulin injections, he is doing pretty good. The problem is well-meaning dog-lovers who insist on “sneaking” him a treat. There are shop owners who have treats behind their counters. The other dog owners in the [...]

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